Rangers collaborating on new Greenway Pollinator Trail

Newham Council is creating The Greenway Pollinator Trail with support from The Mayor of London’s ‘Rewild London Fund’.

Working with Butterfly Conservation and London National Park City Rangers, the project will transform The Greenway into a wildflower corridor, creating rich new habitats for a variety of butterflies, moths, hoverflies, and bees.

The Greenway is a much used but rather neglected pedestrian and cycle route in East London running 7km between Hackney Wick and Beckton. The Trail will create a ribbon of habitats for pollinators and locals to enjoy.

Rangers seeding Greenway

Ranger Matt Ponting, an accomplished community artist, will produce a map, wayfinding, and other resources to enhance the experience for visitors. With Butterfly Conservation, he will be running a series of school workshops and community engagement days to develop the sites and motifs for the Trail.

Ranger Katie Blake is working with communities around Newham Hospital and with local schools to increase the opportunities for co-design and to develop local ownership. Rangers Helen Simms and Aude Vuilli are also connecting local community and green groups with the project so that it belongs to the people here and has a lasting impact in making the neighbourhood greener, healthier, and wilder.

LNPC Rangers working on the Greenway in Newham

On 22 September two shiny green tractors and three excited Rangers hit the Greenway to kickstart the seeding. Newham’s Parks Team handled the ground preparation and rotavating whilst the Rangers got a chance to wield the rotary spreaders, sprinkling the wildflower mix that will form the basis of the new habitats. The Rangers are also involved in creating four feature areas, these will further increase the diversity of habitats for pollinators and draw visitors along The Greenway, highlighting the wildlife to be found and reigniting people’s love for this precious ribbon of green through our borough.

We would love to hear from Rangers who would like to get involved.

This October we will be planting bulbs and linking up with communities. In the Spring, as the flowers emerge, we will be in full swing, holding workshops and celebrations so if you want to get involved, get in touch with Ranger Helen Simms.

Check out the film Newham Council made (featuring the Rangers!) for more

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